Widow and Assistant of Electronic TV Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth
"[Philo T. Farnsworth] saw television being transmitted over the ocean. He saw countries being able to see what the other country is like and their problems and that they could settle their differences over a conference table rather that on the battlefield. He saw it as a big educational tool, and also entertainment."
About This Interview
In her seven-hour Archive interview, Elma Farnsworth (1908-2006) discusses her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's first television invention - the Image Dissector Tube - and the excitement of seeing its first moving image. She describes how Philo toiled to create the first electronic television, while RCA and Vladimir Zworykin worked on a similar invention, both trying to finish before the other. Farnsworth also talks about the heated competition and the ensuing patent fights between Philo and General David Sarnoff, then President of RCA. She talks about Philo's colleagues, laboratories, and companies, and speaks of the couple's home life, as well. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview on June 25, 1996 in Salt Lake City, UT.